New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro (R) came to the defense of Donald Trump on Tuesday for his remarks regarding the family of slain US Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
Speaking to Khan’s father, Khizr, Baldasaro told WBIN-TV, “You disgraced your son, who died as a hero. You used him as a political pawn to go after a candidate who you never met.”
Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week to criticize the Republican presidential candidate for proposing a ban on Muslim immigration into the US. Trump responded in part by arguing that the captain’s father had “no right” to do so on a national stage.
“Donald Trump has every right to challenge Mr. Khan, because his personal agenda overruled his son being a warrior,” said Baldasaro, who advises Trump on veteran affairs. “That’s a shame that he did that.”
The lawmaker, who said last month that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,” also indulged in anti-Muslim rhetoric to defend Trump.
“All of [Khan’s] fellow brothers want to kill Americans,” he said. “Whether we like it or not, we have to wake up. They’re here in our country, and who’s next?”
Watch the interview, as posted online, below.